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This weekend: Bye-bye M.O.T.O., hello Jake Burns

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Paul Caporino, best known on the local music scene as the tireless leader of the long-running and super-cool garage-punk band M.O.T.O. is leaving the Windy City and moving to Providence, and our loss is Rhode Island's gain. Thankfully, he's playing two farewell shows before loading the U-Haul. At the first, starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, he shares the bill with Bang! Bang! and Bird Talk; the cover is $8; call 773-276-3600 or visit The second goodbye gig takes place at the Mutiny, 2428 N. Western, on Saturday, Aug. 29; call (773) 486-7774 or visit for more information.

Always a Mecca for ex-pat British punk legends (see also: the Mekons), Chicago is now home for Jake Burns, former leader of U.K. legends Stiff Little Fingers, and he has a new band, Nefarious Fat Cats, that includes some equally legendary local names: John and Joe Haggerty of Pegboy, along with special guests such as Scott Lucas of Local H, Joe Principe of Rise Against, Herb Rosen of Beer Nuts and Mark DeRosa of Dummy. The group takes the stage at the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, after openers Destroy Everything at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. The cover is $8; call (773) 281-4444 or visit for more info.

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Too bad about MOTO.

I play "I hate my [f'in] job" only about three times a week.

Wish Jake would talk all the Stiffs into coming to Chicago, including Bruce Foxton.

I moved back to New Orleans in February 2010 and reformed the original M.O.T.O. from the early-mid 1980s! We toured in Europe last April and had a great time!

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